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Windows and Doors: Improve Your Home and Energy Savings

By Karen Lawson
Windows and Doors: Improve Your Home and Energy Savings

Replacing windows and doors together may help you save on installation costs, and it can offer additional benefits. Installing windows and doors meeting Energy Star requirements can provide rebates from local utility companies and may also qualify for a federal tax credit. New windows and doors save energy by minimizing the flow of heat and air between indoors and outdoors. New materials and construction methods allow today's windows and doors to provide appealing combinations of styles, colors and energy efficiency.

Windows and Doors: New Energy Star Ratings Effective April 1, 2020

The Energy Star program, developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), identifies products meeting federal guidelines for energy efficiency. The EPA works with partner agencies on local levels to provide consumers with incentives including rebates for using Energy Star rated products. If you're shopping for doors and windows now, keep in mind that current Energy Star guidelines expire March 31, 2010. Products affected by this deadline are clearly marked; make sure to check all product labeling before making your final purchase. Door and window replacement requirements have been upgraded; doors and windows purchased after March 31, 2010 must conform to EPA's new guidelines in order to qualify for Energy Star ratings and program benefits. Product labeling should include the following: The Energy Star logo, eligibility expiration date, if applicable, and rebate eligibility if applicable.

Consolidating your purchase and installation of replacement windows and doors is a great way to upgrade your home's appearance while knocking down energy costs.

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